For their follow up to last year’s excellent new issues of Merrick The Sensational Elephantman, writer Tom Ward and artist Luke Parker have teamed up with Dr Crowe creator Corey Friya to create an awesome Victorian crossover. With both characters have strong steam punk and golden age hero roots, it’s a perfect combination and has that classic Marvel team-up feel to it.

You don’t get a lot of bawdiness these days – it’s usually reserved to seaside postcards and 70s slap and tickle movies – but it is a very apt word to describe the adventures of Lazlo Cale – male prostitute turned art dealer and pan-dimensional adventurer. Discover the world of this enigmatic new hero in his debut adventure from Rum Row’s Andrew Maxwell and artist Goran Gligovic, soon to be pre-ordering on Kickstarter.

Pantheon from Hamish Steele was one of our favourite books of last year, so we were delighted to hear that is latest webcomic Deadendia was about to get the same high class graphic novel treatment from the fine folk at Nobrow. As with PantheonDeadendia is another hilarious and hyper-colour adventure, with an eclectic and diverse range of characters – but this time is set in an amusement park that’s also a gateway to hell, rather than in the Nile delta. If you’ve ever wanted a book starring a demonically possessed pug, then this is the one for you!

Thanks to books like Our Town and From The City To The Sea, Tim Bird has created a unique voice for himself in the UK small press scene, thanks to his thoughtful musings on the modern world told via an almost analytical look at the geography of the world around us. After a brief sojourn into snooker with The Rocket, Tim has headed back into the woods to tell a story of urban growth and decay, via the nocturnal habits of a fox and a late night chicken shop in The Great North Wood.  

Produced by our own Andy CT, Horde Comics is more than just another small press anthology, thanks to a mix of exceptional production qualities and some smart and enjoyable stories. With plenty of thought and consideration having gone into every element of the book, Andy and his long time pal Gregg Mason have produced the kind of polished book (and Kickstarter campaign) that you would expect from a seasoned veteran, not a pair of debutants.

This high-tech thriller from Gianluca Bonomo, Diego Blanda and Salvatore Porcaro sees three young misfits attempting to find their way in a world governed by creepy hybrid birds with cameras for heads. It’s a powerful visual and a great central premise for this tightly woven thriller, but is it one to keep an eye on, or should it just fly off into the distance?

For our latest round up of the best of small press, we take a look at three very diverse publications that will make you think as much as they will entertain you. First up is music themed anthology Radio On Broadcast #4 featuring some of our favourite small press voices, followed by a really interesting collection showcasing the roster of micro publisher Good Comics in the Good Comics Reader, and finally David Ziggy Greene’s latest collection, Times Like These.

Comichaus’ streaming app has been rightly hailed as ‘Netflix for indie comics’, and so to celebrate this fantastic service we are going to run a regular column looking at some of the best new books available for the bargain price of £3 a month. If you like what you see, you can download the Comichaus App for iOS from comichaus.com/app and get a free 14 day trial to check out any of these books today.